Who is David Fumero?

Born under the earth sign of Capricorn on 29 December 1972, in Havana, Cuba, David Fumero is a 46-year-old Cuban-American actor and model. He is best known for his role of Cristian Vega in the hit ABC soap opera “One Life to Live”, his most successful venture to date, as he appeared in a total of 473 episodes spanning several decades. While his muscular build and handsome face helped him become a model at a young age, he found acting to be his true calling. However, he made an unexpected return to modeling when he revealed that Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, the main character from the hit video game “Assassin’s Creed” was modeled on him. This caused him to become even more popular, and expand his influence outside of acting.

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Early Life and Education

David was born Joseph Sentielo-Fumero Narciso and Natalia Fumero, a Cuban family in the island nation’s capital. He was raised a Christian alongside his two brothers, Fernando, who is older than him, and Joel, who is the youngest in the family. Despite facing a myriad of inquiries from fans, David hasn’t wanted to reveal too much about his childhood. This is a clear sign that he’s completely devoted to his career, refusing to let anything of personal nature interfere with his plans. When he was still a baby, his family escaped to the US in search of asylum due to the unstable political situation in their home country, and he became an American citizen later in life. At the age of 17, he joined the US Marine Corps, then after completing service, he went on to study at the International Actors Studio in Paris, France. Ther, he acquired all the skills necessary to amaze audiences, which he would skillfully combine with his inherent charisma and situational awareness. It was also at this time that he decided to use David Fumero, as he deemed it much easier to pronounce.

Career Beginnings: Modeling and Mariah Carey

Compared to most other actors, David has a relatively strange career arch. He made his acting debut in 1978 at the age of six, interesting as he assumed the role of Cristian Vega in “One Life to Live” for a single episode. He would then go on to reappear as Cristian two decades later, which we’ll cover more extensively in the following section. Nevertheless, this early exposure to acting shaped him both as a person and as an actor. With this experience under his belt, he knew that he wanted to have a career in show business. Due to his good looks, he decided to give modeling a shot.  It took him awhile to find representation, but Irene Marie Models eventually noticed his potential, which resulted in him appearing in several campaigns for Dior and Armani. In 1997 he played a kidnapper in Mariah Carey’s music video for the hit song “Honey”, and combined with his modeling experience, this small, but impactful role resulted in his popularity suddenly rising.

One Life to Live: The Role of His Life

After his appearance on the show as a child, David found his way back into the cast as Cristian Vega yet again. This time, we encountered Cristian as a quirky teenager, as he constantly clashed with his mother Carlotta, who was the maid of Dorian Lord. Always the romantic type, he falls in love with Jessica Buchanan, a rich heiress; after meeting at a party, she realizes that she also has feelings for him, and they subsequently enter a relationship. However, their parents strongly disapprove of this, and eventually the two drift apart, after she sleeps with Will Rappaport and ends up carrying his child. She then gets hit by a car, loses her memory and falls in love with Cristian once again. Fumero was the centerpiece of many of the show’s plots, and fans loved his knack for the dramatic. He is still good friends with all of his co-stars, with one of them eventually turning out to be the love of his life.

Life After One Life to Live

From 1998 to 2011, David was devoted to “One Life to Live”, but when the show was cancelled, he was free to pursue other roles. As an already seasoned actor with more than 400 episodes to his credit, it didn’t take long before he started landing roles in popular TV shows. He assumed the part of Benny Madera in “CSY: NY”, followed by Mike Sandoval in the hit crime drama “Power” – Mike was an instrumental character in the show, and Fumero was widely praised for his performance in each of the 30 episodes he appeared in. Afterwards, we saw him in “NCIS: Los Angeles” as Air Marshal Miguel Salazar, then in 2018, David decided to experiment a bit, so he chose to act in several short movies to add a little bit of variety to his already extensive portfolio. In 2019 he played the controversial  Lt. Jason Calloway in “L.A.’s Finest”, an action drama with hints of comedy. The show features a star-studded cast, spearheaded by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, with Duane Martin, as well.

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Personal Life: How Did He Meet His Wife Melissa Fumero? Do They Have Any Kids?

While playing Cristian in “One Life to Live”, David spent a lot of time with the actress who played Adriana Cramer – Melissa Gallo. They were initially good friends, but soon fell in love. Melissa later revealed that she had a big crush on David when she was a teenager, and when he was a model regularly appearing on MTV, which caught the eye of the 13-year-old future actress. After realizing they were perfect for each other, they decided to marry, eventually on 9 December 2007, at an undisclosed location. Interestingly, the ceremony was officiated by Javier Morga, a fellow co-star from “One Life to Life”. Melissa took David’s last name, which was first announced in Volume 33 of the Soap Opera Digest. Their son Enzo was born on 24 March 2016; Melissa announced his arrival on this world with an Instagram post, followed by “Sweetest face I’ve ever held. Enzo 3/24”.

Body Measurements: How Tall is David Fumero?

David Fumero is 5ft 11in (180cm) tall and weighs approximately 180lbs (82kgs); his other measurements are unknown. As for body modifications, he has a tattoo on his right shoulder.

What is David Fumero’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich is David Fumero? Well, according to several credible sources, he has a net worth of approximately $1 million, accumulated from his long-time employment in “One Life to Live”, as well as other prominent roles in recent years. His wife, however, has a net worth of $2 million, which makes sense when you realize how popular she really is. If David continues to land roles in successful movies and shows, his net worth will surely increase in the near future.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus sustain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. David himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. He is active on Instagram, on which he has 45,000 followers, and you can also follow him on Twitter and join 10,000 fans of his, with whom he interacts on a daily basis.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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